Old Testament Lesson
God tells them that punishment is coming, but it will not last forever. Even when God punishes His people, He will not give up on them. He is doing it to bring them home. God's desire is for us to be in right relationship with Him. God simply wants us to know Him and to love Him. He so desperately wants to know us, to save us, to forgive us. He will do whatever He has to do to make that possible.
We just have to turn back to Him. And He will meet us there.
New Testament Lesson
This passage has to me one of the, if not the, most important passage in all of scripture. I share this passage with the people that I teach in confirmation. John Wesley said that everything needful for salvation is made clear in scripture. I think this passage makes it abundantly clear what one must do to be saved.
If you believe with your heart and confess with your mouth, you shall be saved.
That's it, that's the list. It's not about baptism, doctrine, church, communion, anything. Belief, confession = salvation. That's it.
God wants us to come home. God wants us to know Him. God wants us to be right. If we believe, and confess, we will be.
Jesus found the man born blind after He had been cast out and revealed who He was. He told Him that He is the One. And the man worshiped. Even after all He been through that day, even after being kicked out, he worshiped. For, he had Jesus. And, in having Jesus, he had all he needed. Today, in spite of everything in life, all the concerns, needs, and fears, if we have Jesus, we have all we need.